- Wed, Nov 6, 2013 2:25 PM EST | CommentsWith the holidays fast approaching, busy days seem to ramp up to even-busier-days, am I right? And yet we want more than ever to make from-scratch, extra-special meals and goodies. As a serious home baker I particularly pride myself on the from-scratch part. But there are times when I rely on - and am ever grateful for - ingredients that I call "shortcuts". Pre-melted packets of unsweetened chocolate. Frozen pie crusts. And packaged puff pastry. Puff pastry is probably my very favorite "shortcut" ingredient. It is infinitely adaptable, and can go sweet as easily as it can go savory. With puff pastry at the ready you'll never be at a loss for quick, easy and often do-ahead breakfast, appetizer and dessert ideas that everyone will love. There are two kinds of packaged puff pastry. And while I highly recommend the kind that uses real butter, it is often difficult (and expensive) to source. I've worked with both, and can honestly say that the more commonly available variety is just fine. Here are some of my favorite puff pastry treats and desserts, and a tip for what to do with the "scraps" that you are going to love! - By Sheri Silver
- Woman S Day | In The Pantry | Tue, Nov 5, 2013 12:31 PM EST | CommentsBy Woman's Day Kitchen
Why spend hours in the kitchen when your slow cooker can do the work? This hearty, potato-topping chili takes only 20 minutes of prep time and comes guilt-free with merely 346 calories. Credit: Tina Rupp; Food styling by Christine Albano; Prop styling by Marina Malchin
Serves: 4 Edit
Yields: 4 servings
Cost per serving: $2.66
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 8 hr 20 min
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrate 65g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Ingredients...Read More »
• 1 can(s) (28-ounce) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
• 6 ounce(s) beer, lager or ale
• 2 tablespoon(s) chili powder
• 2 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon(s) brown sugar
• Kosher salt
• 12 ounce(s) lean beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 2 clove(s) (la
- Disney Spoonful | In The Pantry | Fri, Nov 1, 2013 5:56 PM EDT | CommentsWhen the temperature drops, one of the first dishes I turn to for comfort is chili. This recipe gets a boost in flavor and nutrition with a surprising ingredient - butternut squash. The bright orange cubes are not only a striking contrast in this red and rich chili, but they also provide a hint of sweetness in an otherwise mildly spicy dish.
Add a touch of fall to your chili.
Chili with Butternut Squash
2 pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons butter
1 whole onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup chile powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, in juice
1 cup beef broth
2 small can diced green chiles
2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 (fifteen-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed, (optional)
1. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until beginning to soften. Stir in garlic and cook fo...Read More »
- Good Housekeeping | In The Pantry | Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:27 AM EST | Comments
Pepper Jack-Bacon Cornbread
These easy add-ins transform a box of plain cornbread mix (8.5 oz. - 17 oz.) into a holiday-worthy dish.
1. Pepper Jack-Bacon Cornbread
Stir 6 strips cooked bacon, chopped; 3/4 c. shredded pepper Jack cheese; and 1/4 c. thinly sliced green onion into 1 box prepared cornbread mix and bake as label directs.
2. Rosemary-Olive Cornbread
Stir 1/2 c. chopped pitted Kalamata olives, 1 Tbsp. chopped rosemary, and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper into 1 box prepared cornbread mix and bake as label directs.
3. Lemon-Raspberry Cornbread
Stir 1 c. rasberries and 1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel into 1 box prepared cornbread mix; transfer to baking pan, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds, and bake as label directs.
Related: How to Make Cornbread from Scratch
4. Pecan-Apricot Cornbread...Read More »
Stir 1/4 c. each chopped pecans and dried apricots and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar into 1 box prepared
- Food52 | In The Pantry | Sat, Nov 9, 2013 11:12 AM EST | Comments
French fries get light and fluffy with chickpeas and yogurt.
Let's face it, although we all love french fries, it would be nicer to have a lighter, airier and admittedly sexier update on a normally greasy, heavy treat.
Serves 10 to 12
4 cups water
2 cups chickpea flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
2 cups vegetable oil
Sumac, for dusting
1. Place the water in a pot with the salt and bring to a boil. Add the cumin to...Read More »
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